Object Title

Model gun and carriage - Millar pattern

Model gun and carriage - Millar pattern

Date

1850-1870

Object Number

XIX.189

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

A model in bronze of an iron 8in shell gun of 65cwt., being a Millar design of 1834 (cf. Nos. XIX.185 and 193). The gun is of simplified form compared with earlier patterns and has only a single ring marking the end of the first reinforce and a muzzle ring, the second reinforce merging into the chase without a ring for emphasis. There is a short vent patch and a small dispart patch at the muzzle. The breeching loop is combined with the cascabel button. The first reinforce bears a Broad Arrow, the weight 1-2-10 and the date, the latter nearly obliterated but probably 1860.


Carriage
The gun is mounted on a rear chock carriage, all the iron fittings being rendered in brass as in the case of No.XIX.188. It is fitted with a ratchet elevating screw of oscillating type. The leading edge of the right bracket is stamped 8 IN 65 CWT WD RCD (Royal Carriage Department). The whole is made with the same attention to detail as Nos.XIX.188 and 190. The stool bed and elevating screw are restorations

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 18 in (46 cm), Overall length: 20.1 in (51 cm) Weight: 1 qtr 12 lb 10 oz (18.5 kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

1.3 in (3.3 cm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Left trunnion: is stamped R.G.F. (Royal Gun Factory).Right trunnion: 13

Associations

Places England

Bibliographic References

H.L.Blackmore, The Armouries of the Tower of London, Ordnance Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London 1976, p.178.

Notes

Lieut. General William Millar was responsible for the introduction of shell-firing guns of large calibre.